Clean eating means staying away from the deep-fried starters. Give the signature cheesy, greasy burger a pass. Share the fries with your friends, if you must.
Additionally, wash this food down with water instead of ordering a sweet drink.
Go for wholesome grain or salad bowls. Order your favourite sandwich with wholegrain toast, which will satisfy your tastebuds without the guilt. Mains with grilled meats or poultry count as clean eating as long as the sides are vegetables.
Try Kitchen by Food Rebel’s heathiter menus. Visit www.foodrebelsg.com
Photo: Kitchen by Food Rebel
When waiting for your food to arrive, make sure you don’t go too crazy with the free bread and butter. Stay clear of items that are either deep-fried or made with cheese.
Order a Caesar salad or minestrone soup as your starter as it is the healthiest option to fill you up before your main dish arrives.
Also, choose tomato-based items over cream- or cheese-based ones.
Italian restaurant Basilico in Regent Singapore has some brilliant choices.
Be sure not to eat more than one bowl of rice, especially when you are sharing dishes with a group of people. Give anything breaded or fried a pass. Fried noodles do not make the cut.
Stick to clear soups or pair a bowl of plain rice with a delicious stir-fry.
Try the Chinese fare at Crystal Jade Golden Palace.
Again, avoid fried appetisers. The cream-based soups, stir-fried noodles and fried rice are also off the table.
You will be equally happy with a plate of plain rice and a stir-fry of your choice, topped with an egg. Tom yum soup also pairs extremely well with rice.
Fried and puffy or oil-slicked bread is not synonymous with clean eating. Steer clear from the deep-fried appetisers as well. Do limit your serving of gravy-based dishes, such as butter chicken, and practise portion control when sharing it with a group of people.
Pair your chapati or rice with lentil soup and various mixed vegetable dishes. You can get papadum but make sure it is roasted and not deep-fried.
Try the Michelin-starred The Song of India. Visit thesongofindia.com
Photo: The Song of India
Refrain from ordering the crispy tempura and deep-fried items. Also, remember to order your sushi rolls without mayonnaise.
Get edamame as these tiny sources of protein are a healthy starter. Stick to raw or grilled cuts of seafood.
Also, don’t forget to limit your intake of rice and be sure to have a hot cup of green tea alongside your meal.
For some luxurious Japanese fare, try Shinji by Kanesaka. Visit www.shinjibykanesaka.com
Photo: Shinji by Kanesaka
If you are at a buffet, refrain from getting more servings of rice with your meat. Don’t load your plate up with any deep-fried items as well.
If you are at a barbecue restaurant, reach out for lean cuts and eat them with some vegetables and clear soup. Make sure you do not go crazy on the sodium-heavy condiments. Fermented kimchi is a healthy dish that you can have.
Three Meals A Day at 12 Chun Tin Road (Tel: 6463 2346) offers really great authentic Korean fare.
Photo: Three Meals A Day
Resist dishes that come topped with sour cream and cheese. Limit your intake of chips and cheese, and sorry, quesadillas will not make the cut.
Rice-based burrito bowls chock full of vegetables, beans and lentils can be healthy too. Load up on the salsa and guacamole as well. Seafood tacos are also a great choice, provided that the fish is not deep-fried.
Vatos Urban Tacos serves some heart Korean-Mexican fare. Visit vatossg.com